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Let The Voice Play
on 7 February 2008
With his first four albums selling more than 15 million copies, Jack Johnson is clearly doing something right for a lot of people out there. So, is this album more of the same?
I suppose it depends on how deeply you listen to the lyrics. From a sense of the overwhelming responsibilities of bringing kids into the modern world, to the anti war stance of the title track, to questioning the purpose of his own life, there is certainly a more philosophical side to this release. In contrast, there is a gorgeous love song to his wife and a reflective ode to his young children.
Ultimately, it doesn't particularly matter what the lyrics are about. Jack delivers what he does best: a laid back, smooth and melodic voice singing with jazz, pop, reggae and even rap inflexions backed by a tight and restrained band that lets the voice take centre stage.
Producer, J P Plumier, knows what's important: let Jack write some good songs and let the voice play.